Osmotic Energy Storage | Pani Site

 

Background

The original research group for Pani Energy brought together academics and industry professionals to solve difficult but high impact problems. The research for the group was grounded on tackling climate change with profitable and scalable technologies for the energy and water industry. The Kaya Identity is a general formula for global CO2 emissions dependent on four factors: human population, GDP per capita, energy intensity (per unit of GDP), and carbon intensity where they noticed 2 core traits. 

 

 

 

 

Kaya Identity - Global Carbon Emissions

 

The first trait is the world's population is rising and expected to continue. Second, emerging economies such as India, China, and Brazil are experiencing high growth, leading to higher GDP per capita. As more people rise out of poverty there will also be an increase in the need for renewable energy sources. The two pillars that provide a high impact opportunity to tackle climate change are improving industrial efficiencies to reduce the worlds total carbon emissions. Pani's commercial arm is focusing on reducing the costs and carbon emissions of these industrial infrastructures by improving efficiencies with Pani Digital and ADT. Improving efficiencies with Pani Digital and ADT, while the R&D division of Pani Energy is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of the world's population by lowering the adoption barriers of renewable energy. Pani is working in partnership with the University of Victoria to tackle one of the biggest challenges in energy by using its expertise in water, membrane processes, and optimization.

 

Problem

Most renewable energy is intermittent - wind doesn't always blow and the sun isn't always shining. The gap in the intermittent supply of renewable energy to the continuous demand of energy is one of the biggest hurdles towards transitioning to a clean energy infrastructure.

 

 

What Are The Options?

When energy storage is mentioned, lithium batteries, flywheels, heat energy storage, or pumped hydro may come to mind. To date, pumped hydro energy storage accounts for over 96% of the worlds grid-connected energy storage systems in terms of rated power output, whereas lithium batteries are less than 1%.

[1] DOE Global energy storage database 

 

 

Pumped Hydro Popularity is Rising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there are only so many hills

 

Over the past 35 years, an average of 4 new pumped hydro plants has been commissioned each year. The demand for pumped-storage is expected to grow, but suitable locations for large reservoirs in mountains and hills are shrinking. 

 

 

How It Works

Take a look at the quick video below to see how OES works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Comparison

Pumped Hydro

  • Uses gravitational potential energy between reservoirs

  • These reservoirs require an elevation difference to work

  • Geographically constrained

 

Osmotic Energy Storage

  • Uses chemical potential energy between two tanks of brine and desalinated water

  • Tanks holding brine and water do not require an elevation difference

  • Geographically unconstrained

 

 

Would like to be kept up to date with the progress of OES? Introduce yourself to hello@panienergy.com

Logo 2018_White.PNG
LINKS
ABOUT

hello@panienergy.com

Tel: +1 (778) 817 0191

CANADA

Victoria

#100-838 Fort Street, Victoria 

BC V8W 1H8 Canada 

Toronto

20 Dundas St. W 
Suite 921 
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2

SOCIAL
  • White Twitter Icon

INDIA

New Delhi

C-59, Neeti Bagh

New Delhi 110049, India